BULLDOGS BLOW BY BOBCATS: Andalusia powers past Opp in rivalry battle

Published 12:05 am Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Andalusia Bulldogs put up a bruising effort as they knocked off cross-county rival Opp 47-7 Friday night in Andalusia.

Andalusia got the ball to start and quickly began to march down the field.

Ethan Wilson connected with Sebaskin Stallworth on the opening play for an 8-yard gain.

Roosevelt Weaver broke off a big run on the following play to give the Bulldogs the first first down of the game.

A few plays later, Wilson connected with Stallworth again to put the Bulldogs on the Opp 5-yard line.

Wilson then plunged in from 1-yard out for an Andalusia touchdown.

Reese Burkhardt tacked on the extra point to put Andalusia on top 7-0 with 5:06 left in the opening quarter.

On Opp’s first play of the game, Tye Lindsey busted loose for a 20-yard run, but Andalusia forced the Bobcats to punt a few plays later.

Andalusia got the ball back and tacked on another score just before the end of the first quarter.

Wilson found B.J. Anderson for a 15-yard strike to start the drive and Weaver capped off the drive a few plays later with a 14-yard score.

Burkhardt’s extra point gave Andalusia a 14-0 lead.

Opp picked up a big first down on the next drive when quarterback Reggie Thompson scrambled around in the pocket and hit Lindsey for a big gain.

A few plays later, the Bulldog defense forced another punt.

The Bulldogs needed just four plays for Wilson to find a leaping Anderson for a 43-yard touchdown.

Burkhardt split the uprights again on the extra-point attempt to give Andalusia a 21-0 lead with 8:19 left in the opening half.

On Andalusia’s next possession, the Bobcats ripped the ball out of the Bulldog player’s hands and then Opp’s Draylon Stoudemire recovered to ball for the Bobcats.

Opp started to drive the ball down the field, but a sack by Gill Morgan and Caleb Smallwood forced the Bobcats to turn the ball over on downs.

Andalusia looked like they might add another touchdown, but Thompson picked off a Wilson pass in the end zone to give the Bobcats back the ball with 27 seconds left before halftime.

To start the second half, the Bobcats drove down the field and found the end zone.

Thompson connected with Javonte Crittendon for a 20-yard gain and then found Lindsey on 15-yard pick up to get the Bobcats inside Andalusia territory.

A few plays later, freshman quarterback Hal Smithart threw a quick strike to Thompson for a 5-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs then got a 45-yard catch-and-pass from Wilson to Anderson for a touchdown.

The snap was bobbled on the extra-point attempt and Wilson just threw the ball up to the end zone, but it fell incomplete.

Smallwood then added a 2-yard touchdown.

Elijiah McClain added a 55-yard touchdown on his first touch of the night, and John Harper Dubose capped of the scoring with a 1-yard plunge.

“I felt like we made some improvements,” Opp head coach Brent Hill said. “I’m happy the kids never quit. We still have to make some improvements, but we are young and dealing with injuries. We had a couple of key guys out and then had a few go down tonight in the third quarter. I want to tip my hat to Andalusia. You have to give them credit. That is a great football team.”

The Bulldogs were led by Weaver who rushed for 136 yards and one touchdown.

“The kids came out and did what they need too to do,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “We came out and played with intensity. We played well on both sides of the ball tonight, and Opp played very hard.”